The Independent Medical Examination in Psychiatry
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Provides lawyers with sound guidance on determining whether a psychiatric IME can stand up to judicial scrutiny. Provides professionals who are called upon to conduct assessments, the guidance they need to perform top-quality assessments and write first-class reports.
Key chapters cover:
- The Current Mental State Examination - the importance of this examination, what observations should be made about a patient, how and why this part of an IME may be used in court
- The Report - the essential components of the written report
- Controversial diagnoses - the difficulties that can arise when examining patients who claim to have controversial conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Making a DSM diagnosis - problem areas that can arise when making diagnoses using the DSM and which DSM Axes are and are not useful
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: What is an IME?
Chapter 2: Why do we Need independent Assessments?
Chapter 3: The Components of the Psychiatric IME
Chapter 4: The Psychiatric Interview
Chapter 5: The Content of the Interview
Chapter 6: The Current Mental State Examination
Chapter 7: The Report
Chapter 8: The Report-Part 2
Chapter 9: Introduction to Diagnosis
Chapter 10: Diagnosis in the Psychiatric IME
Chapter 11: Making a DSM Diagnosis
Chapter 12: Controversial Diagnoses
Chapter 13: The Problem of Malingering
Chapter 14: Recent Court Decisions and the Psychiatric IME
Chapter 15: Conclusion and Afterthoughts